All of us experience times in our lives when we need help. You may be hurting from or rejoicing in a challenging life circumstance (like illness, grief, birth of a baby, etc.) or you may know someone who is. Below, you will find some of the ways we can help you and pray.
Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care for anyone experiencing a difficult time in life: grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.
Stephen Ministers aren't counselors; they're specially trained people from all walks of life with a passion for being great listeners, and bringing Christ’s love and care to people during hard times. A Stephen Minister usually meets with a person once a week for about an hour.
If you have any questions, or just want to learn more, email Mara Marsman or call her at 616.698.3170.
Become a Stephen Minister
Training is offered every couple of years. There is an application and interview process. If you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact Mara Marsman. You will be contacted when training is being scheduled again.
To request assistance or for more information about this ministry, contact Rhoni Kaastra or call 616.698.3170.